Former child star Evanna Lynch reveals the struggles she went through after finding fame as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter at such a young age. Despite being part of one of the most successful film franchises, Evanna admitted she found it hard to find work outside of Harry Potter. Now 28, Evanna told Bustle: ‘I struggled to find a sense of self worth after the films, because it was like, “Oh wow, I had my huge break at 14. Am I ever going to be able to do anything that will top that or am I always going to live in the shadow of my 14 year old self?” ‘[When] the films ended, I genuinely, at first, I really struggled to get work. It was just weird because we were getting all this fan mail and all this attention. ‘But I found in the real world that wasn’t reflected. And it was hard. I think for a while I really missed the validation of being in a giant film series where anything you did was just admired and gushed over.’ Evanna, who took part in Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars in 2018, says she has grown closer with some of the other stars of Harry Potter in the years after the films ended. She revealed: ‘I think a lot of us have bonded more since the films. Just because we’re older and I we’re adults now.
Evanna hung out with Ginny, Fred and George Weasley aka James and Oliver Phelps and Bonnie Wright recently (Picture: Instagram)
‘Say, for example, I hung out with the twins this weekend, James and Oliver [Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley]. ‘And I didn’t talk to them much on the films because when you’re 14 and whatever, they’re 18 or 19, it seems like such a giant age gap. When you’re adults it doesn’t seem that much.’
Evanna found getting roles difficult after her child stardom (Picture: Warner Bros)
Evanna says their bond comes from the unique experience they all shared of being thrust into such huge films without much experience in acting.
She explained: ‘None of us had much acting experience or much experience of working in the entertainment industry. ‘I’ve done so many courses and acting classes [since the films] and nobody else can really understand what position I’m in except the Potter gang. So whenever I see them, I feel like, “Oh, you get it.”’